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Weekend Box Office Report: August 29-31, 2014

08.31.2014

Guardians of the Galaxy still got it!

Marvel's oddball interstellar heroes once again floated to the top of the chart as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY won the Labor Day weekend with an estimated $16.3 million!

Not only did director James Gunn's irreverent space-blast make it across the half-billion mark worldwide this week, it also became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2014, surpassing THE LEGO MOVIE and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (which leaves only Marvel's IRON MAN trilogy and AVENGERS ahead of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY in their movie universe). And without a lot of notable competition in the month of September, GUARDIANS could end up cruising to $300 million.

Sticking around in second was TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES with an additional $11.7 million. The radical anthropomorphic reptiles held off the teen drama IF I STAY -- Chloe Moretz decided to stay in third with $9.2 million (a drop of 40% from its opening last week). The young-adult adaptation has a 10-day total of $29.8 million.

The new Parisian catacombs thriller AS ABOVE/SO BELOW opened in fourth with $8.3 million. Although it got a better start than the week's other new offering, the found-footage subterranean terror from the Dowdle Brothers (QUARANTINE, DEVIL) got suffocated by crowds with a 'C-' CinemaScore, and critics buried it with 30% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The R-rated comedy LET'S BE COPS is still bamboozling in fifth with another $8.2 million for a total of $57.3 million in its third weekend. The Pierce Brosnan action-thriller THE NOVEMBER MAN got a chilly reception in sixth with a $7.6 million opening ($9.3 million since Wednesday). The former Bond's new espionage effort seemed to excite moviegoers ('B+' CinemaScore) more than critics (36% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Last week's inspirational sports movie WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL got moved downfield to seventh with $5.6 million, a drop of only 32% from its opening. THE GIVER and THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY followed and seem to be coasting on word-of-mouth business, but THE EXPENDABLES 3 remains on life-support as it clutches to the bottom of the list after three weeks.

Outside the chart, INTO THE STORM was swept away and Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR got run out of town after a single week and a pitiful $10.7 million 10-day total. CHEF and BEGIN AGAIN received a theatrical surge, adding a few hundred screens for late-summer attention, and GHOSTBUSTERS returned to action for a 30th anniversary re-release and trapped $1.6 million.

Check back tomorrow for the full 2014 Summer Box Office Wrap-up!

Next weekend only has one wide release with the music drama THE IDENTICAL, while FORREST GUMP gets a 20th anniversary reissue on 300 IMAX screens.

What September release are you most interested in seeing? VOTE HERE!

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Guardians of the Galaxy $16.3 M $274.6 M
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $11.7 M $162.4 M
3. If I Stay $9.2 M $29.8 M
4. As Above So Below $8.3 M
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5. Let's Be Cops $8.2 M $57.3 M
6. The November Man $7.6 M $9.3 M
7. When the Game Stands Tall $5.6 M $16.3 M
8. The Giver $5.2 M $31.5 M
9. The Hundred-Foot Journey $4.6 M $39.3 M
10. The Expendables 3 $3.5 M $33.1 M

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12:48PM on 09/01/2014
There is literally nothing out there to compete with Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course it is cleaning up. Would there have been the same consistency if they had released it in May or June? Probably not. I think I am over Marvel films b/c I have grown completely numb to their formula.
There is literally nothing out there to compete with Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course it is cleaning up. Would there have been the same consistency if they had released it in May or June? Probably not. I think I am over Marvel films b/c I have grown completely numb to their formula.
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3:22PM on 09/01/2014
I agree
I agree
9:29AM on 09/01/2014

The November Man

The November Man was a good movie. Watched it twice already. Doesn't have all the expensive frills but works very well as a spy movie. I underestimated GOFTG but it's by far one of the best summer movies and a refreshing change of pace from Marvel's high profile flare of movies. Begin Again is another great flick sadly missed by the mainstream.
The November Man was a good movie. Watched it twice already. Doesn't have all the expensive frills but works very well as a spy movie. I underestimated GOFTG but it's by far one of the best summer movies and a refreshing change of pace from Marvel's high profile flare of movies. Begin Again is another great flick sadly missed by the mainstream.
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10:25AM on 09/01/2014
I thought The November Man was decent as well, I totally bought Brosnan as a badass, even more so than in his actual Bond films.
I thought The November Man was decent as well, I totally bought Brosnan as a badass, even more so than in his actual Bond films.
10:09PM on 08/31/2014
Remember when everyone was saying GotG would be Marvel Studios' first major flop?
Remember when everyone was saying GotG would be Marvel Studios' first major flop?
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2:14AM on 09/01/2014
I admit, I was one of them. I didnt think GotG had a big enough audience familiar with them to do well. Im eating my words...I dont think its as great as everyone says it is (much like The Avengers. overrated), but still a solid film. In my top 3 fav Marvel films to date.
I admit, I was one of them. I didnt think GotG had a big enough audience familiar with them to do well. Im eating my words...I dont think its as great as everyone says it is (much like The Avengers. overrated), but still a solid film. In my top 3 fav Marvel films to date.
6:29PM on 08/31/2014

Overall, it's been a pretty crappy summer.

With the exception of Captain America:TWS, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's been pretty wretched. (Am I forgetting any good ones?)
I'm glad to see that hypocrite Stallone's Expendables flopped like a fish. You can't speak out on an anti-gun platform if every movie you make has you killing upteen people with guns.
With the exception of Captain America:TWS, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it's been pretty wretched. (Am I forgetting any good ones?)
I'm glad to see that hypocrite Stallone's Expendables flopped like a fish. You can't speak out on an anti-gun platform if every movie you make has you killing upteen people with guns.
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7:46PM on 08/31/2014
Winter Soldier wasn't released during the "summer season." But you're right about those being the best movies this year so far. You'd be missing Grand Budapest though.
Winter Soldier wasn't released during the "summer season." But you're right about those being the best movies this year so far. You'd be missing Grand Budapest though.
10:34PM on 08/31/2014
I really liked Edge of Tomorrow. But that's only one flick I'd add to what you listed.
I really liked Edge of Tomorrow. But that's only one flick I'd add to what you listed.
12:36AM on 09/01/2014
@Bigger Boat - Totally forgot Edge of Tomorrow. Duh. Silly me.
@Bigger Boat - Totally forgot Edge of Tomorrow. Duh. Silly me.
2:45AM on 09/01/2014
I personally enjoyed How To Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street, and X-Men: Days of Future Past also impressed me. While I didn't see it (yet), Boyhood has been receiving high acclaim, and there are other small releases which have been well-reviewed (Chef, A Most Wanted Man, Frank, Begin Again, Calvary, just to name a few that were rated as Fresh on RottenTomatoes), but those weren't major releases. I agree there were a few disappointments, but I really enjoyed X-Men, How To Train Your
I personally enjoyed How To Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street, and X-Men: Days of Future Past also impressed me. While I didn't see it (yet), Boyhood has been receiving high acclaim, and there are other small releases which have been well-reviewed (Chef, A Most Wanted Man, Frank, Begin Again, Calvary, just to name a few that were rated as Fresh on RottenTomatoes), but those weren't major releases. I agree there were a few disappointments, but I really enjoyed X-Men, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, 22 Jump Street, Edge of Tomorrow, and Dawn (not Rise) of the Planet of the Apes,
9:56AM on 09/01/2014
I love how people continually say Stallone is anti-guns when he said in a video interview that guns ARE NOT the problem and mental illness needs to be the focal point.
I love how people continually say Stallone is anti-guns when he said in a video interview that guns ARE NOT the problem and mental illness needs to be the focal point.
4:21PM on 08/31/2014

Awesome TMNT!

I'm so glad TMNT is still making money. Saw that movie 3 times and enjoyed it each time though. I kinda feel bad for November Man, hopefully it has legs in the next month. Planning on catching As Above movie tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes
I'm so glad TMNT is still making money. Saw that movie 3 times and enjoyed it each time though. I kinda feel bad for November Man, hopefully it has legs in the next month. Planning on catching As Above movie tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes
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2:53PM on 08/31/2014

Guardians Delivers...

I did something I hardly ever do anymore because its too damn expensive...went to see GOTG again and it was worth it. Loved the slightly irreverent attitude from the 70s songs on the soundtrack to surreal touches in the script, FX were what they were supposed to be, a star making performance from Christ Pratt, Bradley Cooper steals every scene he's in, Even Dave Bautista shines in the role of Drax. Combine that with some true hard edged dramatic moments, and you've got a perfect Summer
I did something I hardly ever do anymore because its too damn expensive...went to see GOTG again and it was worth it. Loved the slightly irreverent attitude from the 70s songs on the soundtrack to surreal touches in the script, FX were what they were supposed to be, a star making performance from Christ Pratt, Bradley Cooper steals every scene he's in, Even Dave Bautista shines in the role of Drax. Combine that with some true hard edged dramatic moments, and you've got a perfect Summer Film. One thing for sure; they won't get the 'suprise bounce' next time out. Noone was expecting anything from this film, and they suprised everyone. Gonna be a tough one to follow.
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2:44PM on 08/31/2014

Sin City

I'm really bummed out about Sin City not staying on the top 10
I'm really bummed out about Sin City not staying on the top 10
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3:03PM on 08/31/2014
Why? Did you have some financial interest in it? It was a piece of shit. It's made way more than it deserves.
Why? Did you have some financial interest in it? It was a piece of shit. It's made way more than it deserves.
1:44PM on 08/31/2014
Guardians of the Galaxy deserves all the praise and box office success it has been getting and it's truly awesome that it has become the highest grossing film of the summer beating out trash like Transformers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Great film and filmmaking in every shade and sense of the word.
Guardians of the Galaxy deserves all the praise and box office success it has been getting and it's truly awesome that it has become the highest grossing film of the summer beating out trash like Transformers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Great film and filmmaking in every shade and sense of the word.
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